Who We Are

Who We Are

The Water@Michigan Collaborative process is led by a multi-sector and multi-disciplinary steering committee and is a partnership of the Water Center, the School for Environment and Sustainability, and the Edward Ginsberg Center.


Steering Committee

The Water@Michigan Collaborative Steering Committee is composed of U-M faculty and staff representing a wide range of schools, colleges, and disciplines and local sustainability practitioners from NGOs, charitable foundations, and governmental agencies. Together, the group is committed to working with communities that have been disproportionately affected by historic inequities in order to develop just, equitable, and sustainable approaches to addressing water-related community-identified priorities.

María Arquero de Alarcón

María Arquero de Alarcón

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Urban Design
U-M Taubman College

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María Arquero de Alarcón

Expertise: Offering integrated expertise in architecture, landscape, and urbanism, María’s urban design work focuses on the integration of cultural resilience and environmental adaptation strategies. María leads MAde Studio, a research-based, collaborative design practice. Through a combination of grant-funded research initiatives, urban design experimentation, and site-specific built interventions, MAde Studio’s is invested in the co-production of design work with local partners and collaborators.

Neeraja Aravamudan

Neeraja Aravamudan

Associate Director for Teaching, Research and Academic Partnerships
U-M Edward Ginsberg Center

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Neeraja Aravamudan

Expertise: working with academic partners and U-M instructors to prepare them and their students to engage equitably with community partners in courses, research, and programs. See Neeraja’s bio at the Edward Ginsberg Center website.

Glen Daigger

Glen Daigger

Professor
U-M Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Glen Daigger

Expertise: As a Professor of Practice, Glen’s work has focused on the fundamental science and engineering supporting the advancement of technologies and practices which have been transformational for environmental engineering. See Glen’s bio at the Civil and Environmental Engineering website.

Paul Fontaine

Paul Fontaine

Program Director
U-M Michigan Engaging Community Through the Classroom

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Paul Fontaine

Expertise: Creating teams of internal University of Michigan resources that partner with outside stakeholders to make progress on our state's most challenging issues. Current projects: Traverse City REgional Wellness Scorecard, Chikaming Township Resilient and Living Lakeshore Plan, Detroit Cultural Planning Design Summit #4, Improving Rural Broadband Access, Refugee Resettlement Plan in Wayne County, and the Philosophy supporting Community Engagement Efforts. See the Michigan Engaging Community through the Classroom website.

Sara Hughes

Sara Hughes

Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning
U-M School for Environment and Sustainability

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Sara Hughes

Expertise: Water policy and politics; political and institutional dimensions of sustainable and equitable environmental policies. Current projects: understanding how municipal financial stress affects drinking water systems; evaluating policy options and effectiveness for housing-related water insecurity in Detroit; development of a drinking water sustainability index for the Great Lakes; evaluating the use and distribution of State Revolving Funds; developing tools and resources for justice-centered urban climate change adaptation. See Sara’s bio on the School for Environment and Sustainability website.

Josh Miller

Josh Miller

Biologist
U.S. Geological Survey

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Josh Miller

Expertise: aquatic natural resource science, policy, and communication as it relates to Great Lakes restoration and management; co-production of science for management priorities; collaborative process and engagement; science translation and communication. Current projects: include stakeholder engagement, collaborative process, and science support in developing aquatic ecosystem restoration solutions in agricultural, suburban, and urban settings; engagement with fisheries management stakeholders in the Great Lakes and along US Coasts to align USGS science with management priorities.

Evan Pratt

Evan Pratt

Water Resources Commissioner
Washtenaw County

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Evan Pratt

Expertise: Water quality and quantity management, including implementation, funding, financing, and public policy. As a steering committee member, Evan brings his knowledge and practical experience in building custom, non-academic stakeholder engagement plans to the group. See Evan’s bio on the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner website.

Jennifer Read

Jennifer Read

Director, U-M Water Center
Co-Chair, Water@Michigan Collaborative

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Jennifer Read

Expertise: Fostering collaborative research between faculty and external partners to inform policy and management decisions in the Great Lakes. Current projects: include drafting a Michigan statewide water affordability assessment, developing easy to understand resources explaining Michigan’s updated lead and copper rule, and developing drinking water indicators for use by practitioners. See Jen’s bio on the Graham Sustainability Institute’s website.

Amy J. Schulz

Amy J. Schulz

University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor
Professor of Health Behavior and Education
U-M School of Public Health

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Amy J. Schulz

Expertise: Community-based participatory research and action to understand and address the combined impact of physical environments and social processes as they shape health inequities. Current projects: Assessing health impacts associated with cumulative environmental exposures, energy policy, and the Gordie Howe International Bridge; working with teams in Detroit to improve indoor air quality in schools and child care centers; expanding access to information about air quality in Detroit and using that information to inform policy and decisions to improve air quality and health. See Amy’s bio on the School of Public Health website.

Paul Seelbach

Paul Seelbach

Professor of Practice of Ecosystem Science and Management
U-M School for Sustainability and Environment

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Paul Seelbach

Expertise: Aquatic research and related societal decision-making. Current projects: as a Professor of Practice, Paul uses his 35 years of experience in the public sector to assist master's student teams working on community-based projects that focus on water resources. See Paul’s bio on the School for Environment and Sustainability website.

Mike Shriberg

Mike Shriberg

Great Lakes Regional Executive Director
National Wildlife Federation

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Mike Shriberg

Expertise: Great Lakes water policy, clean drinking water provision and building diverse coalitions; campus sustainability leadership and organizational change. Current Projects: Water policy work includes the Great Lakes restoration, invasive species, oil pipelines such as Line 5, harmful algal blooms (e.g., Lake Erie), stopping water shutoffs and increasing drinking water affordability, Ohio River restoration, and mitigating risks of PFAS. See Mike’s bio on the National Wildlife Federation website.

Kevin Wehrly

Claire Watts

Collaboration Lead
Water@Michigan Collaborative

 

Claire Watts

Expertise: Facilitating collaborative research. Current focus: building and enhancing a campus-based water network, while fostering connections between faculty and external partners.

Kevin Wehrly

Kevin Wehrly

Director
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Institute for Fisheries Research

Curt Wolf

Curt Wolf

Managing Director
U-M Urban Collaboratory

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Curt Wolf

Expertise: Curt serves as the Managing Director of the U-M Urban Collaboratory supporting the connection of U-M research, community needs and funding opportunities, to employ impactful projects to improve the livability of communities. See Curt’s and the Urban Collaboratory websites.